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NJ blocks PennEast water permit again; company says it will reapply

New Jersey issued its latest rejection of a water-quality permit for the proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline, dealing a new blow to the embattled project. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday the PennEast Pipeline Co. had failed again to submit all the requested information in its application for the permit, which the department [...]

Pa. Lawmaker Wants to Spend Impact Fee Money on Fracking Health Study

Suburban Philadelphia Republican State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf is working on a bill that would allocate $2 million from the state’s impact fee fund to study the public health impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling. Greenleaf has circulated a memo about the bill, which would amend Act 13, the state’s new drilling law. Despite attempts by the [...]

Doctor Sues Over Act 13 “Gag Rule”

A Luzerne County doctor has filed a federal lawsuit against a controversial aspect of Pennsylvania’s new drilling law. The law, now known as Act 13, requires gas drilling companies to provide health professionals with health and safety information on chemical exposures experienced by individual patients. But the law also says those companies may require healthcare [...]

SRBC Suspends Water Withdrawal In 5 Counties

A lack of winter snowfall and a dry spring have led to drought-like conditions in Pennsylvania, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission has responded by temporarily banning water withdrawals at sites in five counties. The new restrictions take effect in Bradford, Luzerne, Lycoming, Susquehanna and Tioga County, and will impact 10 natural gas drilling companies, [...]

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